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So much Halloween fun planned it’s frightening

The weather has been a little dreary, but what better way to get into the Halloween spirit?

The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Pumpkin Lane on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. For a map and list of participating merchants where to trick or treat, see the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce website at: www.

They will hold the first Pumpkin Pacer 5K Costume Race. Proceeds will benefit local food banks – The Greenhouse in Deer Park and the Loon Lake Food Bank. For a registration form and course map, see There will be finisher awards and best adult and kid costume awards. Registration is at St. Mary’s Church, 310 N. Main St. in Deer Park from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; start (10 a.m.) and finish is at the same location.

On Sunday, the Elk VFW Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual Safe and Fun Halloween Party. There will be game booths for prizes and treats from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They also offer free hot dogs, chips and juice. This event is geared toward children up to age 14; all kids must be accompanied by an adult.

The second annual Haunted House sponsored by the Pend Oreille Players Association will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Pend Oreille Playhouse on Union Street in Newport. The Haunted House is for all ages; cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

And for the adults, on Friday night there is a costume dance at the Burro Inn in Diamond Lake from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Live music will be played by one of Elk’s favorite bands, the Crystal Mules. The Burro offers food, mixed drinks, beer and wine.

On Saturday evening, the Elk VFW will host a Halloween dance and costume party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Elk Music Association will sponsor a costume contest with cash prizes and there will be a finger food potluck. Again, music will be provided by the Crystal Mules. The Elk VFW is open to members and signed-in guests.

On Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “Who Let the Girls Out?” will take place in Newport, Wash., and Oldtown, Idaho. It is a ladies’ day out with shopping, demonstrations, appetizers and a “chick flick.” Destination passports will be stamped at participating business for prizes. The movie, “Love Happens” will be shown at the Roxy Theater at 7:30 p.m. for $4.. Lunch and dinner specials will be available at Kelly’s. For information, call the chamber at (509) 447-5812 or go to: www. newportoldtownchamber .org.

For all area business owners and those interested in economic improvement in our area through “destination development,” there is an important event you should attend. An evaluation of “What visitors see when they travel to our area” was recently done by Roger Brooks of Destination Development International and the results presented to an impressed crowd on Sept. 29.

The presentation video will be shown on Nov 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Roxy Theater. Admission is free. To see what Mr. Brooks has done for other small towns in Washington state, see: For information about the event, see the chamber contacts above.

Contact correspondent Billie Martin by e-mail at

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